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Documentary papyri as ‘multimodal’ texts : aspects of variation in the Nepheros archive (IV CE)

Klaas Bentein (UGent)
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Whereas pioneers such as William Labov initially showed a negative attitude towards the sociolinguistic analysis of texts from the past, nowadays the study of linguistic variation in historical corpora, and its relationship with social factors such as age, education, gender, etc., has become common practice. In this article, I argue that at least for certain historical corpora the analysis of the social significance of variation could and should be extended to other semiotic domains, such as language choice, document format, and lay-out. The ‘multi-modal’ nature of variation has been stressed by recent research in Social Semiotics (e.g. van Leeuwen 2005; Kress 2010; Hodge 2016), but so far has been without any applications to texts from Antiquity. As a test case, I focus on one, fourth-century archive, the so-called ‘Nepheros’ archive, which displays interesting signs of variation in various regards.

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MLA
Bentein, Klaas. “Documentary Papyri as ‘multimodal’ Texts : Aspects of Variation in the Nepheros Archive (IV CE).” Scribes and Language Use in the Graeco-Roman World, edited by Martti Leiwo et al., Cambridge University Press, 2024.
APA
Bentein, K. (2024). Documentary papyri as “multimodal” texts : aspects of variation in the Nepheros archive (IV CE). In M. Leiwo, S. Dahlgren, H. Halla-aho, & M. Vierros (Eds.), Scribes and language use in the Graeco-Roman world. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Bentein, Klaas. 2024. “Documentary Papyri as ‘multimodal’ Texts : Aspects of Variation in the Nepheros Archive (IV CE).” In Scribes and Language Use in the Graeco-Roman World, edited by Martti Leiwo, Sonja Dahlgren, Hilla Halla-aho, and Marja Vierros. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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Bentein, Klaas. 2024. “Documentary Papyri as ‘multimodal’ Texts : Aspects of Variation in the Nepheros Archive (IV CE).” In Scribes and Language Use in the Graeco-Roman World, ed by. Martti Leiwo, Sonja Dahlgren, Hilla Halla-aho, and Marja Vierros. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Vancouver
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Bentein K. Documentary papyri as “multimodal” texts : aspects of variation in the Nepheros archive (IV CE). In: Leiwo M, Dahlgren S, Halla-aho H, Vierros M, editors. Scribes and language use in the Graeco-Roman world. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2024.
IEEE
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K. Bentein, “Documentary papyri as ‘multimodal’ texts : aspects of variation in the Nepheros archive (IV CE),” in Scribes and language use in the Graeco-Roman world, M. Leiwo, S. Dahlgren, H. Halla-aho, and M. Vierros, Eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2024.
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such as age, education, gender, etc., has become common practice. In this article, I
argue that at least for certain historical corpora the analysis of the social significance
of variation could and should be extended to other semiotic domains, such as language
choice, document format, and lay-out. The ‘multi-modal’ nature of variation has
been stressed by recent research in Social Semiotics (e.g. van Leeuwen 2005; Kress
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